Akashi, Chapter 13 - Great portrait of Bando Shuka I as Ohatsu in the kabuki play "Onoe Iwafuji," a tale about the junior lady-in-waiting Onoe who commits suicide after the jealous senior lady-in-waiting Iwafuji shames her by substituting a sandal for a valuable statue in Onoe's care. Here, Onoe has asked her loyal maid Ohatsu to deliver a letter. When the document box falls and accidentally opens, Ohatsu discovers Onoe's suicide note along with the sandal. She kneels on the ground near a lantern, staring at the sandal intently as the long letter trails over her shoulder, blowing in the night breeze, vowing to avenge her mistress's death. Nicely detailed, with clouds drifting across the moon at upper right.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 9"
Condition - Nice detail. Small repair. Backed with paper.
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